Asus Launches GTX TITAN Z Dual GK110 Graphics Card

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 2, 2014 - 01:29 AM |
Tagged: titan z, nvidia, gpgpu, gk110, dual gpu, asus

NVIDIA unveiled the GeForce GTX TITAN Z at the GPU Technology Conference last month, and the cards will be for sale soon from various partners. ASUS will be one of the first AIB partners to offer a reference TITAN-Z.

The ASUS GTX TITAN Z pairs two full GK110-based GPUs with 12GB of GDDR5 memory. The graphics card houses a total of 5,760 CUDA cores, 480 texture manipulation units (TMUs), and 96 ROPs. Each GK110 GPU interfaces with 6GB of GDDR5 memory via a 384-bit bus. ASUS is using reference clockspeeds with this card, which means 705 MHz base and up to 876 MHz GPU Boost for the GPUs and 7.0 GHz for the memory.

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For comparison, the dual-GPU TITAN Z is effectively two GTX TITAN Black cards on a single PCB. However, the TITAN Black runs at 889 MHz base and up to 980 MHz GPU Boost. A hybrid water cooling solution may have allowed NVIDIA to maintain the clockspeed advantage, but doing so would compromise the only advantage the TITAN Z has over using two (much cheaper) TITAN Blacks in a workstation or server: card density. A small hit in clockspeed will be a manageable sacrifice for the target market, I believe.

The ASUS GTX TITAN Z has a 375W TDP and is powered by two 8-pin PCI-E power connectors. The new flagship dual GPU NVIDIA card has an MSRP of $3,000 and should be available in early May.

Source: Asus

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May 2, 2014 | 03:19 AM - Posted by Lithium (not verified)

The Way It's Meant to be Workstationed

They should put GTX790 for gamer under the water for 2K

May 2, 2014 | 04:25 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

The Way It's Meant to be Workstationed

The 295x2 is faster at SP & if people are looking for a true workstation card the AMD FirePro W9100 can be had for $200 more and offer all the benefits of a true workstation card with 16gb and higher DP.

Titan Z is still stuck with GeForce drivers, render it as useful as the original Titan because it will only recognize one GPU on certain software.

Titan failZ
The Way We Meant To Play Our Customers $3000

May 2, 2014 | 04:32 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

lol your post make mine look like a double post, guess we were thinking the same thing

May 5, 2014 | 12:26 AM - Posted by nVNut (not verified)

100% agreed.

I consider myself a true to the heart die-hard NVidia fanboi*1. With the exception of the "GTX 400" Series I have owned every single-GPU top-end NVidia part (including the GeForce 5950 Ultra which was utter crap) since the Riva TNT... and even I admit that the Titan Z is incomprehensibly idiotic. I presently own one Titan Black (was on two first-generation Titans prior until I decided that SLI wasn't worth my time anymore).

There is quite literally no benefit over two Titan Blacks (and I do not count occupying one slot less as much of a benefit) and yet it costs 50% more. And worse of all, if your application does not support SLI (which in my experience is more or less everything other than so-called "triple-A blockbusters*2")... you are suddenly left with the world's most expensive non-workstation-class graphics accelerator.

Not to mention the design of the cooler is as such that there will inevitably be a fair bit of heat going back into your case rather than fully out of it. Again, a problem not experienced by having an SLI Titan Black configuration.

Seriously. 50% costlier than SLI Titan Black. Slower. Pushes heat back into your case. Will most certainly depreciate faster than a Ferrari driven 100KM daily. And let's get back to the price here... 3000US$!

And this is coming from someone who typically runs enterprise-class PCIe SSD's on his system for the fun of it. I hope I do not come off as being self-righteous or elitist by saying this... but if I have issues with the Titan Z, then there are issues. I'm a hardware enthusiast above all and will spend even when the benefits are marginal for the purpose I require my hardware for. The Titan Z though? Just ludicrous...


*1: I've had nothing but bad luck with ATI ever since the 9700 Pro which I RMA'd three times within one month of ownership. I've made several attempted comebacks (a "recent" one being when I refused to buy a GTX 480 due to its heat output) and I distinctively recall having endless frustrations with ATI's drivers.

Two examples that I will always remember at the top off my head are; (A) the inability to force V-Sync off in driver for DirectX games (seriously, this is an issue considering how dense certain game developers are) and (B) the inability to run Quake 2 (yes, I still play Rocket Arena 2 rather often) as ATI's drivers have no mechanism to limit the number of published OpenGL extensions which would cause Quake 2 to crash due to the huge increase of such extensions since the release of the game.

*2: Yes, there are many less-common games which are more than capable of wrecking a single Titan (Serious Sam and more recently Shadow Warrior being notable examples) which do not receive the same level of SLI support as triple-A blockbusters, unfortunately. And this is most certainly an issue for me and hence my return to single-GPU configurations.

May 2, 2014 | 05:12 AM - Posted by JohnGR

The Way It's Meant to milk the fanboys.

As for 790 Nvidia needs this card sooner rather than later. Except if they are working on a bigger Maxwell core on the 28nm and surprise us with Maxwell 880 and 890 cards. Because who will find logic in wasting $1500 and $3000 in Kepler when Maxwell is around the corner?(I don't count 750/750Tis)

May 2, 2014 | 04:31 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

it's funny to see ppl trying to give excuses to the price by making it a pro card, it's just ridiculous.
the AMD firepro 9100 is twice the performance on double precision, has 16Go of ram, has premium pro tech support and is for 3500$, if it's for work that's a no brainer.
if it's for games crossfire R9 295x2 should be like 100% more perf for the exact same price.
but then again if you have no brain, and worship Nvidia i might understand ppl who buy this titanZ.

May 2, 2014 | 09:48 AM - Posted by random guy who read the article (not verified)

No need for CF the R9 295X. A single one is already faster, so save some money!

May 25, 2014 | 04:32 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)!QlxMU

Dude, R9 295x2 occasionally loses 2 way sli GTX780ti in fps comparison. The water cooling is also too bulky.

May 2, 2014 | 05:04 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

while this card and its price are a bit silly, currently nvidia (as far as I remember) is the only card to keep updated drivers for linux. So I could see this if you are doing heavy design on a linux machine, although I have no idea what kind of graphics work can be done on one, since I only use linux to code.

May 2, 2014 | 05:47 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

thats not entirely true, support and scalling for games isnt like the support for other work related soft, yes drivers for games nend more work from AMD, that doesnt mean AMD cards doesnt work fine on work-related softwares.
beside it's not like if linux games are AAA that need huge power, most are directx 9 indies 2d, very low 3d, and valve source engine games, so in the end AMD still has alot of time to work on the drivers for games.

May 2, 2014 | 08:30 AM - Posted by random guy who read the article (not verified)

Based on Nvidia's claims about it's performance (about 8 TFLOPS) it is not being able to hold it's boost clock.

May 2, 2014 | 09:39 AM - Posted by Daniel Masterson (not verified)

I'll wait for the review and then pass judgement.

May 2, 2014 | 09:41 AM - Posted by Daniel Masterson (not verified)

Sexy looking card though.

May 2, 2014 | 12:44 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

what's sexy lol ? isnt that pretty much the same design cooler as the other ref ? with the exception of this one being 3pci slot thick, and will probablly weight like 3-5kg somehing to remove your pci-e slot clean off without forcing.
i honestly dont see a single positive thing about this card so far, failure at every turn, not best perf gaming or Pro, not best price gaming or pro, not best design ( custom are better looking, and this is still reference design )
and i still cannot see any justification of the price, where is the value added...nowhere, that's why it makes me angry when ppl start defending stupid stuff like this.

May 2, 2014 | 09:52 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Not much difference between workstation cards and gaming cards, in workstation cards the drivers have to be vetted and certified to work with the professional graphics software. So this card, without the certified professional graphics drivers/driver support, is overpriced. I am sure that there will be some niche uses for this GPU with some CUDA dependent applications, but for gaming it is overpriced. It appears that Nvidia may have some extra stock remaining from its HPC accelerator SKUs to rebrand and sale to those Cuda application users that do no need the product for any graphics workloads.

Just another Green Team Scheme, to move some product.

May 2, 2014 | 02:27 PM - Posted by GhostRyder (not verified)

There are no positives to this card that I can see because of its poor design choice and price. The card is not designed with workstations in mind, it is designed like a gaming card with some Cuda work attributes put into it. People bought Titan because it was one of the cheapest cards that had 6gb of Ram on it and it worked in the Cuda instances for the CGI development groups.

The problem is that Titan-Z will not work in the same situations that Titan will work. Titan is a blower designed to shove air one direction where as Titan-Z is the center Axial fan that blows 2 directions. This is not ideal at all when your putting them inside a rack mounted server that blows air front to back one direction because the fan is working against the flow. The other problem is that this is a dual GPU card which in general is more stressful to the components on it than that of a single GPU card and the components on the card are not rated like a professional card which is made for 24/7 use which also leads to believe that it will wear out fast (Speculation more than anything).

With the lack of professional grade components, the fact its a dual GPU card that takes three slots with a center axial fan, lack of professional drivers, and the fact it costs 3 times the card thats higher clocked and is a dual slot design makes it very pointless.

Like others have said above, unless your stuck on Cuda development components and don't want to switch, you could grab the W9100 that is a dual slot rack mount designed card with the real 24/7 ratings and professional grade software along with more ram than the dual GPU titan-Z while having better compute in many areas on 1 GPU.

May 2, 2014 | 02:32 PM - Posted by Alex1232131 (not verified)

2 titan blacks for the price of three.
This is such a waste of money

May 3, 2014 | 07:10 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Nope, 1.6 Titans Black for Trice the price.

May 6, 2014 | 09:44 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

People who buy these or Quadro K600s and a few K40s dont pay attention to the BS AMD fanboy "logic" being used in these comments.

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